A woman has been found and arrested in connection with a murder case we reported on last week. The chilling story of a slain mother and her missing child managed to capture the attention of an entire nation. We may now have some answers on what happened to Carolina Flores and what happened to her baby.
A Woman Murdered, A Baby Abducted
Carolina Flores, a recent immigrant from Honduras, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her apartment. The apartment, located on Goodson Road in the Greenspoint area of Houston, Texas, had served as home to Flores and her six-week-year-old daughter, Shamali Flores.
Carolina Flores had been described as a hard-working woman who worked two jobs in order to support herself and her coming child. Details of the crime scene are still being kept under wraps, but it was revealed that the victim’s nephew discovered the body, as he also lived at the same apartment.
What was even more chilling than the discovery of the body was the revelation that Flores’ six-week-old daughter was missing. An Amber Alert was issued in order to quickly track down little Shamali before something bad happened to the infant. When investigators found the child, she was safe, but according to authorities, the story behind her abduction is terrible.
A Suspect Found
Twenty-eight-year-old Erika J. Miranda-Alvarez was tracked down by police at an apartment on South Gessner road in Houston, Texas. Many of the details about the case are still being withheld by authorities, but according to police, Miranda-Alvarez had recently been pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.
Not wanting to disappoint her boyfriend, Miranda-Alvarez reportedly murdered Flores with a pair of scissors and took her daughter. Miranda-Alvarez denies the murder accusation and claims that Flores was already dead when she got to the apartment, and that she just took the baby home. Shamali Flores was not harmed during the abduction, and it is said that Miranda-Alvarez did feed and care for the child.
Miranda-Alvarez has been charged with capital murder, but was unable to appear in court on Thursday due to medical reasons.
If you have any information about the murder of Carolina Flores, you are urged to contact the Houston Police Department at (713) 308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS